As abortion has become less accepted as a moral right in and of itself, many people are uncomfortable with the complete banning of abortion due to what we call the “hard cases.” These are the situations that you hear in so many conversations that can seem difficult to answer: Rape, Life of the Mother, and Fetal Abnormalities. We want to take this month and address these hard cases so that you know how to answer the questions well and students at your school can make informed decisions, even considering hard situations.
We know this can seem like a difficult event to host, but we have seen incredible results when students address these hard situations. We have seen it can result in amazing dialogue and unique partnerships. Your peers simply want a safe place where they can share their concerns and discuss difficult topics with compassion. Let’s provide that for them!
Abortion in cases of Rape – When we address abortion in cases of rape, it is imperative that pro-lifers respond with noticeable sympathy, kindness, and grace. A large part of why rape is so often thought of as an “exception” is because it is such an evil, traumatic, and frightening crime – we need to understand how abortion advocates are perceiving this and respond accordingly.
Abortion in cases of the Life and Health of the Mother – When we talk about the life of the mother, the situation is direr. The reality is that there are some cases, despite being extremely rare, when pregnancy can produce some life threatening conditions for pregnant women. But this does not mean abortion is the only option. Abortion is never medically necessary to save a woman’s life.
Abortion in cases of Fetal Abnormalities – The reality of fetuses and born children having deformities and chronic/genetic diseases is undoubtedly tragic, and parents of these children have an incredible burden to carry. Despite this terrible reality, would the common person ever accept a form of “mercy killing” upon children with genetic diseases or severe deformities?
What’s in the Box:
- 25 “What if it’s not my fault?” Postcard
- 25 “Life of the Mother” Postcards
- 25 “Fetal Abnormalities” Postcards
- Hard Cases Discussion Guide
- Sexual Assault Hotline Information
How to use the box:
With the sensitive nature of this event, every group members needs to be present for a training with your Regional Coordinator on how to approach the issue. Ask your Regional Coordinator for the “We Care” training near the time of your event. Reach out to women’s groups or sexual assault awareness groups on campus and ask to co-host an event on campus about sexual assault. You can host a pro-life speaker who has had an experience with rape, has conceived in rape, or was conceived in rape. Make sure that all of your interactions with students are compassionate and loving.
Before you host your event, make sure you request an Advanced Apologetics Training with your Regional Coordinator. If you would like additional post cards, ask your Regional Coordinator for more!
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